Slow Food – the global movement involving millions of people in more than 150 countries around the world – will be represented for the first time at the Johannesburg Good Food & Wine Show which takes place from Thursday, July 23 to Sunday, July 26.
Slow Food has gained momentum in South Africa, as it has around the globe, with a growing number of members who are working at raising the awareness of the food people eat and where it comes from, focusing on small producers and their products and promoting heritage foods that are under threat.
Says Brian Dick, chairman of the Johannesburg Slow Food chapter: “We are delighted that some of our members will be able to showcase their product at this year’s show while also sharing their experiences. Despite living in the city, which means that direct contact with farmers and food producers is not always possible, we’re committed to eating seasonally, locally and sustainably by supporting small producers and responsible retailers.”
Visitors to the Slow Food Kitchen – built and sponsored by Cordev Kitchens – will be able to learn how to make sausages and charcuterie; artisanal ice-cream, nougat and bread-making as well as learning about cheese and growing their own vegetable patches.
Food writer Hilary Biller will be making marmalade with a uniquely South African varietal, the Rex Orange, which is under threat of extinction. Restaurant Mosaic’s Germain Lehodey may be one of the country’s most respected wine experts but he will be sharing his knowledge of salt in a special tasting while author and journalist Jenny Kay will be leading an olive oil tasting.
Tom Cain will be talking honey and the plight of the honey bee while Melissa de Billot’s will explain what The Ark of Taste biodiversity is and which South African Heritage products are under threat. Refiloe Molefe of the Bambanani Inner City Farmer’s Group in Booysens will talk about urban gardening.
There will be a demonstration on Banting baking as well as talks on Afrikaner and Nguni beef.
The full schedule and line-up is available on www.slowfood.co.za and www.goodfoodandwineshow.co.za
NOTES FOR EDITORS
Take it Slow – The Slow food movement of South Africa
The Italian Slow Food Association was founded in 1986 and the international movement was founded in Paris in 1989.
The Slow Food Movement aims to develop an appreciation of gastronomic cultures throughout the world and to promote an awareness of the relationship between food, the environment and individuals. Slow Food has over 100 000 members in 153 countries united by a desire to preserve seasonal, artisanal, traditional, regional cuisines, and promote foods that are good, clean, and fair.
The Slow Food Movement focus is on high quality products which are produced locally and support their philosophy of “… a harmonious relationship with nature.” This is not an organic food society. The slow food society believes in moving away from the fast foods way of life so common in our society today. The society aims to promote “indigenous” foods and to encourage people to slow down and to enjoy life. They support free range products and reject the idea of genetically modified food.
Slow Food Johannesburg
The Johannesburg chapter of the international Slow Food movement started in 2001.
Despite living in the city, which means that direct contact with farmers and food producers is not always possible, we’re committed to eating seasonally, locally, and sustainably by supporting small producers and responsible retailers.
There are also active chapters in Cape Town and the Magalies Valley
Slow Food Theatre Schedule available here